Crews battle Ingleside blaze 

click to enlarge Backdraft: Firefighters fought dangerous conditions involved in an early morning fire on Ocean Avenue. - PHOTO BY DAN MCMENAMIN/ BAY CITY NEWS
  • Backdraft: Firefighters fought dangerous conditions involved in an early morning fire on Ocean Avenue.

Two San Francisco firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze in the Ingleside neighborhood Tuesday morning, but others escaped a potentially dangerous situation.

The fire was reported at 5:50 a.m., and responding firefighters saw flames coming from a row of businesses on Ocean Avenue, Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White said.

During the course of fighting the fire, firefighters encountered dangerous conditions, including a backdraft when they opened a door and there was “virtually an explosion” because of all of the smoke and energy that came into the room, according to Fire Department Assistant Chief Tom Siragusa.

Hayes-White said, “The conditions were challenging, but the crews did a very good job.”

Crews eventually controlled the blaze at 7:29 a.m., Hayes-White said.

One firefighter suffered an irregular heartbeat while battling the blaze while another suffered a minor shoulder injury. Both firefighters have since been treated and released, Talmadge said.

A building containing three businesses — Happy Bakery and Deli, King’s Coffee & Tea and Lili Knit — was destroyed and will be torn down, while The City’s Department of Building Inspection determined the other adjacent businesses were 
repairable, according to Talmadge.

Siragusa said the fire reached so many businesses because many share attic space in two adjacent buildings.

Several homes on Southwood Drive were briefly evacuated because of the fire, and the backyard fence of one home was destroyed, Hayes-White said.

Ken Piper, who lives on Southwood Drive, said he woke up around 6 a.m. and “could see the flames coming up” the back of the building. His home was not one of the ones evacuated.

Piper speculated that the fire may have started in one of the restaurants on Ocean Avenue. “They have kitchens in the back and a lot of oil,” he said.

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